Sardine Run South Africa
During the months from April to July, the cooler Benguela current moves up towards the east coast of South Africa resulting in the migration of millions of sardines. This provides an abundant food source attracting game fish, sea birds, whales, dolphins and sharks, to name a few. This incredible phenomenon also attracts photographers, divers & wildlife enthusiasts from around the globe; and Pro Dive Port Elizabeth, the most experienced operator in the region, offers a Sardine Run experience to these adventure seekers that is second to none.
Sardine Run Port Elizabeth
A Unique Sardine Run Experience
The Sardine Run action starts in Port Elizabeth in April, and has some of the best sardine run sightings. Thousands of dolphins can be seen chasing shoals of sardines into tight bait balls, which results in a feeding frenzy attracting penguins, sharks, whales, seals, game fish and seabirds.
Port Elizabeth is home to the Ragged Tooth Shark as well as the largest breeding colony of African Penguins & Cape Gannets in the world, and if conditions allow there will be opportunities to snorkel with Penguins which is a unique experience only possible in Port Elizabeth. There are also a variety of excellent dive sites around the bay characterised by colourful soft corals and a remarkable concentration of diverse marine species.
Besides the rich marine life, there are a fine collection of Big 5 Game Reserves including Addo Elephant National Park, located nearby offering Malaria-free game viewing. Numerous untouched beaches, hotels, restaurants and other attractions in the area embrace the complete South African experience.
What Sets Pro Dive Apart
After more than twenty years experiencing the Sardine Run and our local knowledge and experience with the animals, Pro Dive provides the highest probability of encountering the densest displays of the Sardine Run action.
Pro Dive’s boats are modern and include state-of-the-art modifications specifically with the Sardine Run in mind. A specially designed camera tray that is positioned down the centre of the boat, additional fuel tanks that enable our boats to reach 160km and an aft seating arrangement, ensures more space with fewer people on pontoons and excellent agility, reach and speed.
Pro Dive is Port Elizabeth’s number one dive centre and shop. This ensures that we provide divers with the latest and greatest new or well-maintained equipment. Divers on the Sardine Run are provided with 12ℓ steel tanks and boats are equipped with ladders for easy boat access as well as having oxygen on board. Benefits that few other sardine run operators have.
Our skippers are all PADI Certified and seasoned Sardine Run specialists. They have worked with the animals for over 20 years and their intuition and local knowledge guarantees the best Sardine Run experience. They have two goals in mind, your safety and making your Sardine Run experience the most memorable expedition of your life.
We aim to make sure that you are absolutely comfortable 24 hours of the day. We think further than your comfort on the boat – we ensure that there is ample space when you are traveling in the bus to game reserves, lodgings and attractions, that you are accommodated at superior accommodation, and a major highlight, are provided with a dry wetsuit every morning.
Sardine Run Port Elizabeth Tour Information 2024
6 night / 5 sea days = R34 700
7 night / 6 sea days = R41 400
8 night / 7 sea days = R48 100
9 night / 8 sea days = R54 800
Daily rate for our Sardine Run day charter is R5500 per person.
Arrival: Arrive in Port Elizabeth and transfer to your hotel.
Meet up in the late afternoon for a full expedition briefing and to meet the crew.
Ocean Days: Spend time out at sea looking for Sardine Run action.
After breakfast transfer to the launch site where you will kit up, load the boat (8m semi-rigid RIB) and prepare for a full day out at sea. Refreshments and lunch are provided on the boat.We use a combination of aerial information, local spotters, fishermen & ocean users in the area to locate information regarding Sardine Run action. During the day, there will be opportunity to enjoy a dive on one of the numerous dive sites in the hope to see the Ragged Tooth sharks and other marine life.
Return at approx. 3pm and transfer back to the hotel enjoying the beachfront or taking part in optional activities e.g. additional diving, kayaking, cultural activities, shopping etc.
Departure: Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home or sign up for one of our extensions such as Cape Town to see the Great White Sharks, Shark Diving in Aliwal Shoal or visit the Kruger National Park.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available along the beachfront, from B&B’s, hotels to 5 star options. Our preferred choice is the wonderfully located Courtyard hotel. It is situated on the beachfront within walking distance to many shops and restaurants as well as most importantly to the dive center.
– Please contact us for a quote on alternative options –
- Spacious & comfortable twin / double ensuite rooms
- Intimate lounge area
- Bar and Club Lounge
- Fitness room
- Secure parking
- Sparkling pool in landscaped garden setting
- Full English and Continental breakfasts daily
- In room dinning by arrangement with local restaurants
- Same-day laundry and dry cleaning service, weekdays only
- Launderette 24 hours
- Woolworths personal shopping service
- Return Airport Transfers
- Beachfront Accommodation
- Breakfast Daily
- Lunch packs on diving days
- Transfer to the launch site
- Ocean Safaris (weather permitting)
- 8m Semi-Rigid Dive Boat (SAMSA Licensed – 40 miles offshore)
- Hire of Tanks & Weights
- Experienced Skipper
- Shark & Reef Diving
- On non-diving days group transfers will be provided for local excursions e.g. Addo Elephant National Park, Seal Diving in Plettenberg Bay, visit to Tsitsikamma National Park, Sundays River Sandboarding and River Cruises etc. All entrance fees and other costs related to the activities will be for the clients account.
- Dinner & Drinks
- Equipment Hire
- Travel Insurance